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  • Have you ever thought of having a handmade custom designed ring or piece of jewellery?

    Custom Design and Commissions

    commissioned handmade custom designed ring or piece of jewellery is the ultimate statement of your individuality and character. With our own in-house designer and access the UKs specialist makers, we can guarantee to create a unique high quality item to meet your desires.

    This is a speciality for which we have become renowned with our customers referring and recommending their friends and family onto us on a regular basis.

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    Inherited Jewellery

    Perhaps you have been left some jewellery by someone close and would love to keep the history and memories but turn them into an item you would wear with pride.  Come and have an informal chat where we will run through the possibilities and give you the best guidance to help you decide how you would like the jewellery used.


    It may be as simple as repairing or rebuilding the items to their original design or redesigning and remodelling the piece to give it a modern contemporary feel, or starting from a blank canvas and designing a completely new piece of jewellery using stones or other elements of the original.

    Whichever way you choose to go you can be assured we will treat the pieces with utmost respect and when finished the new handmade creation will be a compliment to the originals.

    Something Different

    When you don't know exactly what you want but know you want something different, contemporary and handmade, then our in-house design team cantalk you through all of your options. We take time to listen, find out a little about you, your lifestyle, your likes and most importantly your dislikes.  From there we will come up with some ideas and develop those along with you until we find the design you love.

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    Every handmade design or remodelling project is unique and therefore impossible to put a cost on until it has been defined. If you have a budget to work to it's best to be upfront about it at the initial consultation as we can advise on the best way to work within your comfort zone.

    We do not charge for consultations or design work and will give you a fixed price once a final design has been agreed.

    We'd love to help make your dreams become reality so why not make an appointment for a no obligation consultation? Call us on 01506 826863 or pop into our boutique at 43 North Street Bo'ness EH51 0AQ.

  • Diamond prices at Pebbles have been reduced which means lower priced diamond rings for you!

    We have negotiated a fantastic reduction in our diamond prices - don't ask how we did it because we have surprised ourselves!surprised

    We are delighted to pass on these amazing savings to our customers. Making this the ideal time to treat that special someone - or yourself.

    Ladies, this could be the nudge needed to prompt a proposal or renew your existing ring.

    Marquise and Princess Diamond RingThere is a huge selection of styles and sizes of amazingly priced diamond rings in our boutique and also on-line. This gorgeous white gold ring with a Princess and a Marquise cut diamond (was selling for £3345 now only £1599!) is one of my personal favourites and would make an unusual engagement ring or a stunning dress ring.

    Our diamond set wedding rings, engagement and dress rings are now on average over £800 BELOW RRP. There are some savings of over £1,500 to be made!

    Was £1245 NOW £399 Was £1245 NOW £399

     Available in limited sizes only so don't be disappointed - pop in to our Bo'ness boutique, call us on 01506 826863 or go on-line to check out the savings you can make!


    Pebbles Jewellery Valuation Service

    At Pebbles we are very proud to work with Scotland's premier jewellery valuation consultant, Adrian S Smith FGA Jewellery Valuations.



    Adrian S Smith FGA is an independent jewellery valuation consultant providing a comprehensive jewellery valuation and appraisal for private clients and some of Scotland's most eminent jewellers.

    Adrian is the founding member of the Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers.  In addition, he is actively involved in gemmology education in Scotland as a member of the manangement committee of the Scottish Gemmological Association.  He is also a member of various associations in the USA, including the National Association of Jewellery Appraisers (senior member) and is a senior accredited gemmologist and a member of the Board of Govenors of the Accredited Gemmologist Association.

    Adrian does not buy and sell jewellery or accept renumeration from insurance companies, brokers, lawyers or any other associated industries.  In adopting this stance he remains totally independent, unbiased and objective.

    Why you should have your jewellery valued regularly

    A valuation and appraisal of your treasured items is so much more than a listing of their values.  It provides you with peace of mind that in the event of a loss, the detailed description of the missing item will allow a fitting replacement to be supplied.  The schedule provides proof of ownership.  This is useful when a claim is made against any unspecified items on your insurance policy.

    Do you realise that if you cannot prove that stolen jewellery belongs to you, it can, in some cases be returned to the suspected burglar?  The detailed descriptions and images in your jewellery valuation report, help the police identify your items and return them to their rightful owner.

    It is important that your jewellery valuations are kept up to date as the value of precious metals and gemstones can increase quite dramatically. If your jewellery is undervalued you will find it difficult to replace with equivalent pieces as your insurance company may only pay out the lower valuation. We recommend that your jewellery is re-valued every 3 -  4 years.



    To find out more about our jewellery valuation service or to have your treasured items valued please contact us on 01506 826863 or email

  • Palladium Rings at Pebbles Bo'ness


    It looks like platinum, it feels like platinum, it's part of the platinum family of metals so palladium is a great alternative to platinum when it comes to jewellery and rings.

    Palladium has become very popular for engagement rings and wedding rings (especially with the increasing price of platinum). Here at Pebbles Bo'ness and on-line we have a selection of palladium rings which we are sure you will love as much as we do!






    Still need to be convinced that palladium is a very real alternative to platinum?

    The Facts on Palladium

    Palladium is a silvery-white, rare and lustrous precious metal, one of the platinum group metals which are typically found together in ore deposits.

    Palladium is naturally white from so it will never change colour.

    The richest known palladium deposit in the world is located in southern Montana in the USA.

    Palladium is priced lower than the cost of platinum

    Palladium is currently priced considerably lower than the price of platinum, a fact that customers have deeply appreciated and has helped palladium rise in popularity over the higher priced platinum and white gold.

    Unlike white gold, palladium does not need to be rhodium coated and will keep its natural white colour. More than a fifth of the worlds palladium supply now goes into jewellery production and China is the country with the highest demand for the precious metal.

    In 2001 palladium actually cost more than platinum, due to the technology to efficiently cast palladium in jewellery not yet being available!

    With that problem resolved palladium rings and jewellery are becoming more and more popular and palladium is now being considered as a viable alternative and is growing in importance with jewellery designers worldwide.

    Palladium is a hallmarked precious metal


    Officially recognised by UK Assay Offices from January 2010 as a precious metal, all palladium jewellery now has to be hallmarked.  Palladium has had a voluntary, legally recognised UK hallmark since July 2009 and from 1 January 2010, this is now a legal requirement for all articles weighing more than 1 gram.

    The symbol for palladium is is the Pallas Athene, the greek Godess of War, Wisdom and Crafts, after whom palladium was named.

    Why we love palladium

    Resistant to corrosion, oxidation and tarnishing, palladium is very durable and its purity means that allergic reactions are avoided.

    Hardwearing, hypoallergenic and affordable, we know that you will love our stylish Palladium collection as much as we do.

  • Clearance Sale at Pebbles Edinburgh

    This week is your last chance to grab a bargain in Pebbles Edinburgh's Clearance Sale before the shop closes on Saturday 1st March.

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    The lease on our Edinburgh shop is coming to an end and although we have been looking for an alternative location we have been unable to find anything suitable.

    Pebbles Bo'ness and Pebbles website will carry on as normal and we hope that our Edinburgh customers will continue to shop with us either in Bo'ness or online.

    We would like to thank all who have shopped with us in Edinburgh for your support and invite you to take advantage of the HUGE savings in our Clearance Sale.

    Leather necklace WAS £135 NOW £55 Leather necklace WAS £135 NOW £55


    White Gold black agate and diamond pendant WAS £170 NOW £85 White Gold black agate and diamond pendant WAS £170 NOW £85


    Palladium diamond ring WAS £1,500 NOW £600 Palladium diamond ring WAS £1,500 NOW £600

    These are just a few examples - there are lots more in the shop so please call in this week and bag yourself a real bargain!

    Val x



  • Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day can be a touchy subject.

    Do you go for it all hearts and flowers or is it just another commercialised out-dated tradition?


    It's a dilemma - you should show your love every day not just on one specified day. But if you ignore it are you destined for the dog house?



    Here at Pebbles we are big softies and welcome any excuse to give and receive gorgeous jewellery - whether it's cheap and cheerful  or outrageously extravagant.

    If you need inspiration for valentine's Day - or any other day - here's our pick of the best.

    Bonnie Bling Ring £15 Bonnie Bling Ring £15


    Bjorg anatomically correct heart stud earrings £90 Bjorg anatomically correct heart stud earrings £90
    Fiorelli multi heart pendant £130 Fiorelli multi heart pendant £130
    18 carat white gold ring with Marquise and Princess cut diamonds £3345 18 carat white gold ring with Marquise and Princess cut diamonds £3345

    So whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or not there's always an excuse (reason) to treat someone you love to gorgeous jewellery.

    Val x


  • Pebbles move to larger premises in Bo'ness

    This is a transcript of a feature in the Bo'ness Journal & Gazette on Friday 26th April 2013, reporting on Pebbles move to larger premises in Bo'ness. (Words by Esther Hutcheson, images by Gordon McBrearty)

    A 24-carat gem of a jeweller's shop

    Pebbles' passion for jewellery sparkles as brightly as the diamonds it sells and this family run Bo'ness firm's new premises are almost four times larger that previously, allowing it to showcase even more unique, high quality designs.

    Expectations are not just met, but exceeded, by husband and wife Val and Kevin Trotter, and daughter Danielle who offer the highest level of expertise and customer care at their centrally located shop at 43 North Street.

    They aim to be the wedding ring specialists for the West Lothian and Falkirk area, offering what they believe to be the widest choice in the region.

    Couples have a comfortable consultation area in which to discuss their wishes, with the ever popular in-house bespoke design service available.

    Pebbles opened in Bo'ness in 2005 before expanding into Edinburgh and has twice been voted by customers and industry peers as an "Inspiring Independent Jewellers" (2011 and 1012).

    It has also been named as a "Retail Star" by a trade magazine.

    Pebbles' impressive contemporary stock range boasts rings, neck and wrist wear, earrings and accessories, including French, Swiss, Italian, German and British designers.

    Customers will find unusual, eyecatching pieces attractively displayed, many exclusive to Pebbles, which also prides itself on supporting emerging and new talent.

    While items of jewellery can cost hundreds or thousands of pounds, at Pebbles fashion pieces start from £15 and silver jewellery from £20, ensuring there is something to suit every budget.

    And a very gnerous loyalty points system has just been launched, giving one point for every £20 spent. Reach 10 points and there is 10 per cent off your next purchase.

    Val, Kevin and Danielle are all trained in jewellery and have a combined 50 plus years experience, so customers can be assured they are in safe hands.

    Should you have a special idea for your own unique piece of jewellery, the Pebbles team will work with you to bring it to friution.

    The team's opinion is well regarded within the jewellery world, so much so, they have sat on judging panels and been invited to speak at trade shows.

    On what makes their business stand out from the crowd, Val says: "I think the product offering is different - it's unusual, not what you can find everywhere. Lots of our designs are exclusive and we like to surpirse people with what we have.

    "Quality we insist on, and in terms of expertise, we know what we are talking about.

    "We get to know the designers, to know the back story to a piece of jewellery.

    "As for customer service, it's about going that extra mile.

    "At Pebbles it's the whole package that sets us apart, including how to look after your purchases."

    The new North Street shop sells and fits replacement watch batteries and the team can arrange for repairs and valuations to be carried out.

    And if you have pieces of family jewellery tucked away that you would love to wear but they are the wrong size, or you wnat them incorporated into a different piece, a remodelling servie is available.

    Testament to its sucess, the growing family firm which started in Bo'ness and has kept its main branch in the towm now has customers from all over the UK and beyond.

    They, and new shoppers, can keep updated on a daily basis by following Pebbles on Facebook and Twitter, via email bulletins and byy visiting its website at There you can find details of the new online loyalty scheme.

  • Pebbles Jewellery teams up with 4 star hotel to give engagement ring customers complementary stay.

    In the past we have thanked people for allowing us at Pebbles to help them choose their perfect engagement ring by treating them to a meal out.

    This Spring we wanted to do something a bit different. So we have teamed up with the lovely people at MacDonald Cardrona Golf and Spa Hotel to offer all our engagement ring customers a complementary overnight stay (including breakfast) in the Scottish Borders town of Peebles.

    Exterior Macdonald Cardrona hotel

    We'll even throw in a bottle of bubbly for the first couple to take us up on this amazing offer which we are launching today (13th March 2013).

    All you have to do is buy an engagement ring from Pebbles Bo'ness or Edinburgh or online and everything will be explained to you.

    You can choose from a beautiful selection of diamond engagement rings with prices from below £400 to many thousands of pounds in materials such as titanium, gold, palladium and platinum.





    You might want to use our highly acclaimed bespoke design service to have a unique ring made to your own specifications.

    Whatever the value or style of engagement ring you choose you can be assured of the high level of service and quality that customers enjoy with Pebbles.

    What better way to celebrate your engagement than a night in a luxury hotel?

    So come and see us today in Edinburgh or Bo'ness and let's get it organised for you.

    Danielle x

  • Auction of Elizabeth Taylors jewellery breaks all records.


    Christie's sale of 80 items of jewellery belonging to the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor had been estimated to raise about $20m (£13m), but took more than double the record for a single collection. Many items sold well in excess of their estimate - up to 100 times higher.


    Elizabeth Taylor with diamond ring

    The actress' famous 33.19-carat diamond ring, one of many pieces of jewellery given to her by Richard Burton, sold for $8.8m (£5.7m).


    The highlight was a necklace featuring a 16th Century pearl which sold for
    $11.8m (£7.6m), a record for pearl jewellery. The pearl, known as La Peregrina, has been depicted in artwork for centuries and was once painted by 17th Century Spanish artist Velazquez. It was owned by Mary Tudor and Spanish Queens Margarita and Isabel.

    Richard Burton, bought the pearl in 1969 at auction for $37,000 (£23,800).

    So even with the cost involved in commissioning Cartier to design a ruby-and-diamond necklace mount for the piece, I think you'll agree that it was a worthwhile investment!

    La Perigrina pearl necklace belonging to Elizabeth Taylor

    Pictured above is the La Perigrina Necklace and on the right the Price of Wales brooch, which was previously owned by the Duchess of Windsor and sold for $1,314,500.
    I hope the new owners enjoy thier jewels as much as Liz Taylor did.
    Certainly knocks my Christmas wish list into a cocked hat!
    Val x
  • Customer Service - does it influence buying?

    My turn to introduce myself to the blogging world.

    I'm Val, co-director of Pebbles and lover of unusual, beautifully made jewellery.

    I have a "thing" about good customer service and I think far too often we accept bad customer service without question. Kevin and I have recently experienced both ends of the spectrum so I thought I'd share our experiences and see what you think.

    We are looking into changing our car and lined up a few test drives. Well that's where the fun started - I just couldn't believe the length of time it took some dealers to get back to us.

    Anyway first up was a Peugeot - well that was an experience I'll never forget! The sales person made no attempt to explain the controls but did say that she couldn't get into the back of the car. So I wormed myself into the back seat (which was really a bench) an experience so uncomfortable that we cut the test drive short. There was no attempt made to allow us to test the car in the way that we would use it - ie one of us driving and the other a passenger! Despite an email to Peugeot UK, we've had no further contact from Peugeot so that's the end of that one!

    Next up was Mazda.

    We have spoken to two Mazda dealers and I won't identify them because we haven't made a final decision yet. But to cut a long story short, one dealer was very slow to get back to us and their customer service is almost non-existent (taking phone calls - and customer's card details while we were sitting there then telling us to help ourselves to coffee while he assessed our car for trade in) but they are offering the better deal financially.

    At the other dealer we were looked after very well (coffe was made for us AND we got shortbread!) but the deal isn't so good financially.

    So what should we do?

    As our good friend Adrian Smith says - there are 3 factors in any sale QUALITY VALUE and SERVICE. In reality you will rarely get all 3, 2 out 3 is a good deal.

    Well what about QUALITY? - it's the same car so the quality is there.

    It's weighing up VALUE (ie costs) against SERVICE where we have to make the decision.

    So that made me think about customers coming to us, say for a diamond ring.

    I know we are not the cheapest but we do offer excellent QUALITY and SERVICE. We want the experience of shopping with us to be enjoyable and for our customers to feel special and VALUED.

    So shouldn't our experience of buying a car be the same?

    Val x

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